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How often do you replace your SS/Fixte chain? nmMB1
Nov 19, 2002 9:23 AM
All the timeAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 19, 2002 1:15 PM
I break the chain so often to add and remove links that I just don't trust it for more than 6 months or so. SRAM PC58 chains are less than $15 - cheap enough that it's worth the piece of mind.

I know this is a fixed gear forum, but how long do your bmx freewheels last?

I get about 1500-2000 miles ...Humma Hah
Nov 19, 2002 1:43 PM
I've taken to never lubing the chain, just replacing it when it gets a little loose. I used to lube with Mobil 1 5W30.

I replace WAY before there's enough stretch in the chain to measure. I find that a chain becomes unreliable, and prone to getting derailled, if it gets flexy side-to-side. Derailleur chains are SUPPOSED to do that, but 1/8" SS chains set up for a straight chainline are NOT.

If a chain starts to snag a little on me, its time to listen to it. Let it go, and it'll sooner or later try to derail, jam, and toss you on the ground.
Good question, BMX freewheels don't last longDave Hickey
Nov 19, 2002 3:36 PM
I'm averaging about 700 miles on mine. I'm using a standard Shimano BMX freewheel. After about 400 miles, I'm lubing the thing before every ride. Has anyone tried ACS freewheels?
ACS are no betterAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 20, 2002 8:08 AM
Shimano and ACS have been equally lousy in my experience. White Bros. has a new freewheel on the market for about 5 times the price of Shimano or ACS. I don't know of anyone who's tried it yet.

Do you have any info on the White Bros freewheel?Dave Hickey
Nov 20, 2002 10:05 AM
I can't find anything. I'll pay if it lasts.
I was wrong, it's White Industries.Alex-in-Evanston
Nov 20, 2002 11:27 AM
Check out the link below. A woman from White Industries was on the single speed forum at mtbr.
It works out to about every 3,000 miles.Gregory Taylor
Nov 20, 2002 6:25 AM
I use one of those Park "Chain Checker" tools. Not the most finely calibrated instrument on the planet, but it works. I use SRAM PC58 chains with the handy connector link. Never had a problem.

I'm on my fourth chain with my current rear cog. The last time around the chain was way noisy, so I broke out the die grinder and touched up the teeth on the cog. Works like a champ.

Noisy freewheel? Check out last month's (not the current issue) Dirt Rag...they had an article on overhauling and relubing BMX freewheels. It may be on their website.